(New Rochelle, NY) -- The 32nd annual Our Children, Our Artists exhibit will be featured at the New Rochelle Public Library from April 30th through May 24th in both the Lumen Winter Gallery and Community Gallery of the Library. The art work of students in the city’s seven elementary schools will be on display from April 30th through May 9th; and the work of middle and high school students will be exhibited from May 16th through May 23rd. The exhibit is curated by Erica Bogin, artist and art teacher.
A reception and awards ceremony for the elementary school students will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Library. The reception and awards ceremony for the middle and high school students will be on Wednesday, May 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Read more
A public hearing on the library budget will take place on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Ossie Davis Theater, before the May meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The annual vote to elect two New Rochelle Public Library trustees and to adopt the 2012 – 2013 New Rochelle Public Library budget will take place on Tuesday, May 15, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the City School District polling places. Copies of the proposed budget are available to the community at the Administrative Office of the New Rochelle Public Library and on the library’s website at www.nrpl.org.
The League of Women Voters forum for candidates running for two seats on the New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees and two vacancies on the New Rochelle Board of Education will be held on Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater of the library.Read more
As a result of the increased risk of fire caused by a combination of high winds, low relative humidity and very little rain, County Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor today announced a ban on open fires at all county parks.
While this ban is in effect, charcoal and propane fires will only be permitted for cooking in permanently fixed grills in the parks. No open fires are permitted. She also asked that patrons be vigilant in alerting park staff to any potential fire hazards they may see while visiting.
Conditions will be monitored on a daily basis.Read more
NOTE: The New Rochelle Public Libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 22 for the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation’s fundraiser, “CelebriTea”.
Library Presents Magic And Comedy Show For Families
A free, live performance by comic magician Jim McClenahan will be featured at the New Rochelle Public Library on Saturday, April 14th, at 2:00 pm. The popular magician-comedian is returning to the Ossie Davis Theater with new tricks and surprises to delight children of all ages – and their parents and grandparents. Jim’s terrific blend of awesome tricks, side splitting jokes and high levels of energy guarantees a great time. His warm presentation, wacky stunts and zany humor is a winning combination each time he performs. Seating for the performance is on a first-come, first served basis, to the 145-seat capacity of the theater.
The free program is a BID Family Day event, made possible through a partnership of the New Rochelle Downtown BID (Business Improvement District) with the New Rochelle Public Library, the City School District & PTA Council, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.Read more
The New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees has released the library’s proposed 2012-2013 budget, to be determined by New Rochelle voters on May 12, 2012.
The proposed budget will see an increase of 2.2% in the tax levy for New Rochelle residents. This translates to an increase of $93,209 in the tax levy, or an annual increase of $7.31 per average homeowner. The increase is below the New York State property tax cap.
The board and library administration took unusual measures to limit the tax levy increase. Total Operating Costs have been reduced for the 2nd year in a row. The number of staff positions has been decreased from 42 in 2005 to 30 in 2012.
The local public support per capita of the New Rochelle Public Library remains the sixth lowest in Westchester County.
New Rochelle Public Library is not displaying new banners in the Children’s Room banners, Each was created by college-aged New Rochelle artists.
Maya Menon and Aston Lemelle-Thomas standing below banners they created for NRPL Children's Room.
Free sessions of easy yoga to help reduce stress and relieve tension continue to be offered during Monday and Wednesday lunch hours at the New Rochelle Public Library, through June 2012. Monday sessions are held for 30 minutes, from 12:15 - 12:45 pm, and Wednesday sessions are 45 minutes in length, from 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm.
Participants do not need to change out of work clothes, and mats will not be needed for these sessions of breathing and meditation techniques as well as the guided relaxation. The drop-in sessions do not require advanced registration.Read more
Two classic films will be presented at the New Rochelle Public Library to complement the ANCIENT GREEKS / MODERN LIVES: Poetry—Drama – Dialogue project being conducted through a partnership of the library, the Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) at the New Rochelle High School, and the Aquila Theatre Company in March, 2012.
Jason and the Argonauts will be shown on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm in the library’s Ossie Davis Theater. In the 1963 film, the legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the Golden Fleece. The action-packed fantasy classic featured Ray Harryhausen's amazing stop-motion special effects, and stars Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack and Gary Raymond. The 104 minute film is in color.Read more